US says it will work with new PA government
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (5th L) with Palestinian ministers REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

WASHINGTON:  The U.S. said Monday it would work with the new Palestinian government, which was sworn in on Monday, and would maintain its aid to the Palestinian Authority, The Times of Israel reported.

It said it would be “watching closely” to ensure the new government respects the principles of non-violence.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday that Washington believes Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has “formed an interim technocratic government…that does not include members affiliated with Hamas.”

“With what we know now, we will work with this government,” Psaki said. She did, however, warn that the US “will continue to evaluate the composition and policies of the new government and if needed we’ll modify our approach.” She later added that the administration would be “watching carefully to make sure” that the unity government upholds the principles that serve as preconditions for continuing U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority.

But asked if Israel would agree to return to the negotiating table after it suspended the talks in April, Psaki said that would be up to the Israeli government to decide.

“It is ultimately up to the parties … to make the difficult decisions about coming to the negotiating table,” she said. “So we will see. We are not in a position to make a prediction at this point.”

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